Form & Function Integrating Display Technology into Workspace Design
CCD has been featured in a recent article in InAVate magazine looking at how display technology is increasingly being integrated into furniture and is an important consideration in the design of productive workspaces.
The article notes that workspaces, especially mission critical ones, are faced with increasing amounts of visual information presented on display technology. Customers are increasingly seeking ways to integrate this technology into the environment whilst maintaining good ergonomics. The key design principle is often about ensuring flexibility of use for different tasks whilst maintaining the aesthetic concept of the workspace.
Our input focused on the need to understand users and their tasks and to use this to drive the specification of displays, the information content presented and how they were integrated into the workspace. ISO 11064 gives a great starting place for integrating equipment and technology but is just a starting place. The design consideration has to go further into understanding the interrelationships between information, people and tasks. There needs to be a strong analysis of how this changes from day-to-day use to the more infrequent activities such as emergency conditions.
This needs to be reflected in the built environment and workspace design through physical elements such as lighting. It must also be considered in different workspaces that are designed for different purposes – technology in a control room or main office space will be different from that in huddle rooms, meeting rooms or crisis centres.
The task and information content are king and these should be the drivers for the design and how the technology is integrated into the working environment.